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553 Apartments for rent in San Francisco, CA

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South Of Market
Tenderloin
Nob Hill
Lower Nob Hill
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Last updated November 15 at 09:37am
South of Market
1 Unit Available
530 Brannan St
530 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,930
935 sqft
Located in SOMA, a trendy area with close proximity to everything from great restaurants to shopping and entertainment, and Oracle Park (home to the SF Giants!).
Last updated November 15 at 09:37am
Chinatown
1 Unit Available
946 Stockton St
946 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,710
690 sqft
Roomy two bedroom centrally located in San Franciscos historic Chinatown district and within easy walking distance to North Beach, Union Square, and Downtown.This neighborhood offers an endless selection of restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment.
Last updated November 15 at 03:24am
Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
5 Fella Pl #201
5 Fella Place, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,700
420 sqft
2 Bedrooms
Ask
Nice and bright one-bedroom and one-bathroom condominium with great Nob Hill/Downtown location resting on a quiet cul-de-sac just steps from Powell St and Union Square.
Last updated November 15 at 03:24am
Union Street
1 Unit Available
1655 Lombard Street
1655 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,000
1100 sqft
Comfortable 2 bedroom 1 bathroom Apt (Flat) on 3rd floor. Washer and dryer in the building. Convenient location, 15 minutes walking distance to the famous Lombard Street (Known as the "crookedest" street in the world).
Last updated November 15 at 05:23am
Parnassus Heights
1 Unit Available
545 Frederick Street
545 Frederick Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,350
1 sqft
Melissa Geary - 925-337-4266 - Pet friendly beautiful Studio/Jr. one bedroom apartment, full bathroom, and kitchen/dinette located in the rear of a 12-unit building on the second floor.
Last updated November 15 at 03:24am
Lone Mountain
1 Unit Available
2450 Fulton Street - 302
2450 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$4,000
1015 sqft
Spacious 1015 sqft 2 Bedroom + Bonus Room and 2 Bathroom 3rd floor apartment with storage unit. NO PETS ALLOWED. Fresh paint and new flooring throughout. Updated kitchen and bathroom.
Last updated November 15 at 05:24am
Sunnyside
1 Unit Available
766 Joost Avenue
766 Joost Avenue, San Francisco, CA
3 Bedrooms
$7,400
2148 sqft
Private, modern and spacious additional bonus rooms downstairs and features sweeping views, mature gardens and is flooded with natural light.
Last updated November 15 at 03:24am
Lake Street
1 Unit Available
267 25th Avenue - 2
267 25th Avenue, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
Ask
2 Bedrooms
$3,850
882 sqft
Huge, ground-floor two bedroom, two bathroom unit. Master bedroom has en-suite bath with walk-in shower. Large living room space with skylights. 2019 construction, beautiful light oak hardwood floors. Brand new GE Profile appliance.
Last updated November 15 at 05:24am
South Beach
1 Unit Available
425 1st Street
425 1st Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$4,195
774 sqft
Enjoy spectacular Twin Peak views at One Rincon Hill in this stylishly condo on the 45th floor.
Last updated November 15 at 09:37am
Lower Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
952 Sutter Street
952 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$4,290
528 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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* Price varies by duration of stay: 12+ month lease: $4,290* / mo 6 to 12 month lease: $4,590* / mo 2 to 6 month lease: $4,990* / mo 1 to 2 month lease: $4,290/ mo * Prices quoted are applicable only if billed upfront for the entire duration of
Last updated November 15 at 09:37am
South of Market
1 Unit Available
130 Langton St
130 Langton Street, San Francisco, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,320
1000 sqft
Located on a quiet, tree-lined street, this sunny top-floor spot in SoMa is close to the action yet tucked away from it all. Enjoy your own private deck with breathtaking views of the city and a jaw-dropping mural painted by a group of local artists.
Last updated November 15 at 09:37am
South Beach
1 Unit Available
4 Bayside Village Pl
4 Bayside Village Place, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,990
460 sqft
*Price varies by duration of stay: 12+ month lease: $3,290* / mo 6 to 12 month lease: $3,590* / mo 2 to 6 month lease: $3,190* / mo 1 to 2 month lease: $2,990/ mo * Prices quoted are applicable only if billed upfront for the entire duration of the
Last updated November 15 at 05:24am
Eureka Valley
1 Unit Available
49 Caselli Avenue
49 Caselli Avenue, San Francisco, CA
4 Bedrooms
$12,000
3016 sqft
The home is filled with natural light through a large skylight above the decorative stairway. There is parking on a parking pad in the back of the home.
Last updated November 15 at 05:23am
Noe Valley
1 Unit Available
1170 Noe Street
1170 Noe Street, San Francisco, CA
2 Bedrooms
$6,000
1200 sqft
Located in the desirable, sunny Noe Valley, this charming move-in ready home has it all. The two bedroom and one bath dwelling includes newly redone kitchen, and nicely landscaped garden.
Last updated November 15 at 05:24am
Outer Richmond
1 Unit Available
847 37th Avenue
847 37th Avenue, San Francisco, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,900
1600 sqft
Beautiful and Sunny Formal Living Room with electric fireplace and Formal Dining Room with old world charm. Large Kitchen with gas stove, dishwasher and overlooks patio w/eating area. Generous sized Bdm & closets.
Last updated November 15 at 09:37am
South Beach
1 Unit Available
400 Beale St
400 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$5,070
669 sqft
2 Bedrooms
Ask
This awesome condo awaits your stay! Amenities at the beautifulBridgeview include a lap pool, hot tub, top-notch gym, sky deck with barbecue, 24-hour security, and, of course, stellar bridge and bay views.
Last updated November 15 at 09:37am
South of Market
1 Unit Available
1222 Harrison Street
1222 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
Ask
1 Bedroom
$3,790
719 sqft
2 Bedrooms
Ask
*Price varies by duration of stay: 12+ month lease: $4,290* / mo 6 to 12 month lease: $4,390* / mo 2 to 6 month lease: $4,490* / mo 1 to 2 month lease: $3,790/ mo * Prices quoted are applicable only if billed upfront for the entire duration of the
Last updated November 15 at 09:37am
South of Market
1 Unit Available
30 Dore Street
30 Dore Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,490
575 sqft
*Price varies by duration of stay: 12+ month lease: $3,690* / mo 6 to 12 month lease:$3,790* / mo 2 to 6 month lease: $3,790* mo 1 to 2 month lease: $3,490/ mo * Prices quoted are applicable only if billed upfront for the entire duration of the
Last updated November 15 at 03:24am
Mission Terrace
1 Unit Available
93 Harrington Street
93 Harrington Street, San Francisco, CA
4 Bedrooms
$4,600
2321 sqft
This cozy, updated home in Mission Terrace in San Francisco is the perfect spot! With four bedrooms- two with brand new flooring, two spacious full bathrooms, a large kitchen and a charming open entrance with a fire place, this home has style.
Last updated November 15 at 05:24am
Buena Vista
1 Unit Available
1450 Masonic Avenue
1450 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco, CA
6 Bedrooms
$25,000
6000 sqft
Completely remodeled, grand Queen Ann home w/ GG Bridge views! Featuring 6+ bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms this home was carefully remodeled to meet today's modern living but keeping old world charm.
Last updated November 15 at 05:24am
Lakeshore
1 Unit Available
90 Huntington Drive
90 Huntington Drive, San Francisco, CA
3 Bedrooms
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4 Bedrooms
$5,950
1415 sqft
Immaculate large single family features open spacious living-dining area for entertaining with decorative fireplace, elegant windows with plantation shutters and lots of natural light flowing in.
Last updated November 15 at 05:24am
Lower Pacific Heights
1 Unit Available
2655 Bush Street
2655 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$5,000
1233 sqft
New construction is 2016, this luxury condo is in The District in Lwr Pac Heights! 2bd/2ba condo with open floor plan. Kitchen with breakfast bar, Thermador & Bosch SS appliances and Caesarstone counters.
Last updated November 15 at 05:24am
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square
1 Unit Available
181 Ofarrell Street
181 O'farrell Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$10,000
2516 sqft
Unique one-of-a-kind furnished penthouse atop historic Union Square with panoramic views of the San Francisco city landscape plus the legendary Powell St cable car line.
Last updated November 15 at 03:24am
Merced Manor
1 Unit Available
72 Sylvan Drive
72 Sylvan Drive, San Francisco, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,211
1240 sqft
Move-in today to a well-maintained, very clean, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, single-family, mid-century built home (unfurnished) located in the Lake Shore neighborhood near Sloat Boulevard. Enjoy easy access to The Great Highway and 19th Avenue.

Average Rent in San Francisco

Last updated Oct. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $2,485, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,122.
Studio
$2,022
1 Bed
$2,485
2 Beds
$3,122
3+ Beds
$4,201
City GuideSan Francisco
"It is a good thing the early settlers landed on the East Coast; if they’d landed in San Francisco first, the rest of the country would still be uninhabited." (Herbert Mye)

Truly one of the greatest cities in the world, San Francisco is overflowing with world-class culture, cuisine, and charm. It also has the house from Full House and, as you might imagine, any city that hosts the fictional antics of John Stamos is naturally going to be popular, San Francisco being no exception.

More than 800,000 people are condensed into the city’s 47 square miles. The climate is cool and often foggy but rarely bone-chillingly cold, and it’s remarkably consistent (July’s average high: 68 degrees, January’s: 58). With thriving financial, technology, and artistic sectors, there’s a high demand for living space. With breathtaking views, historic neighborhoods, and the thrill of living in a cutting edge city, your dreams are about to come true. Now, let’s find you an apartment!

Having trouble with Craigslist San Francisco? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

It's hard to imagine a better view of the city than from the Golden Gate Bridge at night. Unless you're on a hill looking at the iconic architectural structure, of course!

Affectionately nicknamed the "Painted Ladies" by locals, this row of houses near Alamo Square Park are featured in every '90s baby favorite sitcom: Full House.

As it turns out, Pier 39 is not just a tourist trap - it's also a favorite sunning spot for sea lions (and a death trap for their fishy food).

Finding an Apartment in "The City"

The vacancy rate in San Francisco is a miniscule 2%, with a whopping 65% of the city being renter-occupied as opposed to homeowners. Take some of the following tips to heart and you’ll have a much better shot at finding a spot for your extensive record collection.

How much will it cost? Prices vary greatly depending on what neighborhood you’re looking at, but it’s not uncommon to see 1 bedroom units for $2000. Lucky for you, the city does have rent control laws in place for apartments built before 1979 (most were), so you won’t have to worry about dramatic annual spikes if you do end up in one of those buildings. If your place is newer, be sure to ask about their history of rent increases, as 20% rent hikes after the first year have been known to ruin many's mood.

When to rent: Winter is the quietest season for renting, while Spring and Summer are busy. But be prepared; finding an apartment in San Francisco will be a challenge—a challenge that could take weeks, months or hours. Hours? Yes, hours. You should be prepared to plunk down your money as soon as you start physically looking at places, because odds are if you like it, someone else will too, and they’ll snatch it up while you’re home “sleeping on it.” Don’t sleep on it.

What you need: Be prepared to raise your game. With the competition for places being über stiff, you’d be wise to treat your apartment search like a job search (and a job search in today's economy, at that). When you get an appointment with a landlord, be on time. Be friendly. Be professional. Have your documents ready. Remember that 3-ring binder? Yeah, get that and put inside of it your credit report, rental application, letter of employment (or your 2 most recent pay stubs), references, and if you’re bringing a pet, you might need a “pet resume”—something to show the management that your precious parakeet has had all her shots and doesn’t have a record of biting people’s earlobes off. Of course, have your checkbook ready too because you’ll need to be ready to act quickly. A security deposit paid on the spot speaks volumes.

San Francisco Neighborhoods

There’s no shortage of quality and quaint neighborhoods here. We’ll do our best to break some of the biggest nabes down for you here, but for in depth neighborhood overviews.

Bernal Heights: Next to the Mission (see below), Bernal Heights has parks and restaurants.

Castro: Remember Milk with Sean Penn? This is the ‘hood where Harvey Milk made history. It’s close to the Haight, close to the Mission, and there’s loads of great shopping and eating.

Chinatown: A famous downtown community jam-packed with shops, restaurants, vendors and history.

Cole Valley: Just a couple of blocks south of Haight-Ashbury, Cole Valley is a popular place with some very nice living options. Cole Valley is one of the smaller hoods in SF so only a few blocks worth of rentals will place you in this area.

Cow Hollow: Area near The Presidio & the Marina. It’s pretty much just the Marina.

Civic Center-Tenderloin: Neighborhood contains an array of restaurants, along with City Hall.

Financial District: The central business district of San Francisco and where the city gets its beautiful skyline from.

Haight-Asbury: It’s flat here, so great for walking and biking and you’re close Golden Gate Park & the Panhandle for a handful of sunny SF days. Upper Haight is a bit cooler temperature-wise (and more shopping/touristy heavy) than Lower Haight, which is just down the street past Buena Vista Park and Divisadero.

Hayes Valley: Somewhat of an unsung gem, this area boasts great restaurants and culture. Hayes Valley is fairly centrally located among the other hoods mentioned, so it would make for a nice walk to the Mission or Haight.

Hunters Point/Bayview: Located in the southeastern part of the city, this is where you’ll find the 49ers playing at Candlestick Park.

Marina District: Marina is a neighborhood with a great view of the bay and great food.

Mission District: Here you’ll find murals, great food, and some rad thrift, antique and used bookstores. If you can, look for a spot near Dolores Park as this is one of the choicest hangouts in the city and boasts one of the best views around.

Nob Hill-Russian Hill: These hilly, cable car-loving neighborhoods offer spectacular apartments and views. Some blocks lack the Victorian charm of many parts of the city, so if you're adamant about crown molding and vaulted ceilings you might want to take a gander at Google Street View before touring for yourself. Nob & Russian Hill offer big blocks of residential living, it’s a great spot to consider.

Noe Valley: Another primarily residential area.

North Beach: One of the classic San Francisco neighborhoods, you’ll find lots of restaurants, boutiques and tourists here. Washington Square Park is always packed on Saturdays, Sundays, and, well, most days. If you can find a spot, it’s a great choice.

Pacific Heights: There are many Victorian homes here, and Lower Pacific Heights can be a great find with convenient access to the park, Fillmore Street shopping & dining, and Japantown.

Richmond District: A residential area. It’s foggy here, but it’s less expensive than elsewhere.

Sunset District: Home to lots of parks and an increasing amount of surfers. Outer Sunset also has plenty of rental deals. Oh, and fog. The Sunset district is on the westernmost edge of San Francisco. Unlike elsewhere in SF, if you’re moving here (or the Richmond), you’ll probably want a car.

SoMA (South of Market): This is the perfect place to live if you work downtown. Filled with museums, hotels, and plenty of great restaurants, here you’ll find many loft style apartments, an eclectic energy, and baseball’s Giants. SoMA is home to many industrial and warehouse buildings & newer high-rise apartment complexes.

Western Addition: Home to the musically rich Fillmore neighborhood, this area also contains Japantown and has no shortage of Victorian homes. It’s primarily residential, but there are corner stores galore.

Life in San Francisco

It’s not “San Fran”, and don’t you dare call it “Frisco”

  • San Franciscans are a unique breed, and one that’s very protective of their home turf. “San Francisco” is just that, and nicknames of any variety (with the exception of “The City” and “SF”) are a dead giveaway for tourists. Also, Gough Street is pronounced “GOFF”, & and that “L” in Polk Street, that’s not just sittin’ there for kicks.
  • Because the city is just 7 miles by 7 miles, you’ll learn the streets well and in SF it’s common to use cross streets (as opposed to exact addresses) as a navigational means. Speaking of navigation...

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Muni

  • Public transportation is a major way of life here and there’re many options. Muni (San Francisco Municipal Railway) combines it all: light rail, subway, bus, trolley, carrier pigeon, you name it. Learn your neighborhood, ask around, and you’ll soon find the best combo of public transit. Be sure to order & fill a Clipper card online (or get one at a local Walgreens), as this is the form of payment most easily accepted on Muni vehicles.
  • For drivers, traffic can be an issue depending on where you live. If you plan on commuting to Silicon Valley, you’ll want to rent in the southeast section to ease your freeway access & minimize your drive time. Make sure to get an apartment with an assigned parking spot, too, as street spots are rare and parking tickets are not.
  • If you’re a fan of repeatedly putting one front in front of the other, you’ll love San Francisco; Walkscore.com ranked it America’s most walkable city in 2008. If you’re a fan of bicycles, great; you’ll have plenty of company with fellow commuters who pedal their way to work. If you’re a fan of forgetting to put your car in park – a very weird thing to be a fan of, we might add – then rethink your move here. Lots of hills mean lots of opportunities for things to roll down them.
  • For the true 21st century dudes and dudettes, check out Zip Car if you’re not planning on owning, but would still like to get behind the wheel occasionally, and be sure to download the “Transporter” app to your iPhone for real-time updates on Muni & BART arrivals.

In San Francisco, you’ll be treated to one of the world’s greatest cities, full of culture, history, open minds, and spectacular food. Congratulations on your move and best of luck finding that perfect pad!

November 2019 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2019 San Francisco Rent Report. San Francisco rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Francisco rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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November 2019 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2019 San Francisco Rent Report. San Francisco rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Francisco rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

San Francisco rents declined moderately over the past month

San Francisco rents have declined 0.3% over the past month, but are up marginally by 0.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Francisco stand at $2,486 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,123 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. San Francisco's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.1%, as well as the national average of 1.4%.

    Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of San Francisco, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Francisco metro, 7 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Richmond has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,809, while one-bedrooms go for $2,236.
    • Over the past month, Concord has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 3.9%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $3,061, while one-bedrooms go for $2,436.
    • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,439; rents went down 0.1% over the past month but rose 1.4% over the past year.
    • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,258; rents fell 0.4% over the past month but remained flat year-over-year.

    Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Francisco

    As rents have increased marginally in San Francisco, a few other large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most similar cities across the country, San Francisco is less affordable for renters.

    • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.1% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.8% in San Jose, 0.8% in San Diego, and 0.4% in Los Angeles.
    • San Francisco's median two-bedroom rent of $3,123 is above the national average of $1,191. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 0.6% rise in San Francisco.
    • While San Francisco's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+4.0%), Austin (+3.2%), and Dallas (+2.3%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Francisco than most other large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,097, where San Francisco is more than two-and-a-half times that price.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR price
    Median 2BR price
    M/M price change
    Y/Y price change
    San Francisco
    $2,490
    $3,120
    -0.3%
    0.6%
    Oakland
    $1,800
    $2,260
    -0.4%
    0.4%
    Fremont
    $2,970
    $3,730
    -0.3%
    0.5%
    Hayward
    $2,200
    $2,770
    1.4%
    1.2%
    Concord
    $2,440
    $3,060
    -3.9%
    -0.7%
    Berkeley
    $2,060
    $2,580
    0
    -0.1%
    Richmond
    $2,240
    $2,810
    4.6%
    5%
    Antioch
    $2,630
    $3,310
    2.1%
    1.6%
    Daly City
    $2,620
    $3,300
    0.7%
    -0.5%
    San Mateo
    $3,530
    $4,440
    -0.1%
    1.4%
    Livermore
    $2,310
    $2,900
    -1.6%
    -0.5%
    Redwood City
    $2,810
    $3,530
    -0.5%
    1.6%
    San Ramon
    $3,030
    $3,810
    0.2%
    2.3%
    Pleasanton
    $2,920
    $3,670
    -1.5%
    -0.2%
    Union City
    $2,830
    $3,560
    0.6%
    2.7%
    Walnut Creek
    $2,490
    $3,130
    -0.2%
    1.9%
    South San Francisco
    $2,610
    $3,280
    -2.4%
    -2.2%
    Pittsburg
    $2,560
    $3,220
    -1.3%
    1%
    San Rafael
    $2,520
    $3,170
    1.4%
    -0.3%
    Novato
    $2,700
    $3,390
    -0.9%
    4.8%
    Dublin
    $3,010
    $3,780
    0.3%
    0.2%
    San Bruno
    $2,670
    $3,360
    2%
    0.8%
    Pacifica
    $3,050
    $3,830
    1.6%
    2%
    Martinez
    $2,440
    $3,070
    0.4%
    1.9%
    Pleasant Hill
    $2,620
    $3,290
    0.7%
    -0.6%
    Burlingame
    $2,610
    $3,280
    2.4%
    2.7%
    Belmont
    $2,820
    $3,540
    0.6%
    0.9%
    Emeryville
    $2,360
    $2,960
    -2.3%
    -1.6%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Renter Confidence Survey

    Apartment List has released San Francisco’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "San Francisco renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Ap...

    View full San Francisco Renter Survey

    Here’s how San Francisco ranks on:

    B+
    Overall satisfaction
    C+
    Safety and crime rate
    A
    Jobs and career opportunities
    A-
    Recreational activities
    D
    Quality of schools
    A
    Social Life
    A
    Weather
    B-
    Commute time
    D
    State and local taxes
    A-
    Public transit
    C+
    Pet-friendliness

    Overview of Findings

    Apartment List has released San Francisco’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "San Francisco renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love San Francisco, some aspects can be better."

    Key Findings in San Francisco include the following:

    • San Francisco renters gave their city a B+ overall.
    • The highest-rated categories for San Francisco were social life, weather, and jobs and career opportunities, which all received A grades.
    • The areas of concern to San Francisco renters are affordability (F), quality of local schools (D) and state and local taxes (D).
    • San Francisco millennials are moderately satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B-.
    • San Francisco earned similar scores to other tech hubs, including Austin (A-), Denver (B+) and Seattle (B+)
    • San Francisco did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), Philadelphia (C+) and Miami (C+).
    • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

    Renters say:

    • "I love the diverse food, ease of getting around, and all of the activities. But I hate the high cost of living." -Anon.
    • "San Francisco is a diverse city where everyone has a fair opportunity to succeed. On the downside, it seems like crime is rising at an alarming rate." -Richard
    • "I love the history, food, parks, and close places to go hiking. I hate that it’s so expensive and keeps getting more crowded." -Kandace B.
    • "SF is a good mix of residential neighborhoods, urban areas, and natural beauty." -Katie F.

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